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Young Goodman Brown

How is Young Goodman Brown changed by his experience in the forest? Does the narrator endorse Brown's unwillingness...

When Goodman Brown returns to the village on the morning after the witches' Sabbath, he is very changed. He used to believe that his friends and loved ones were good people with good morals, but...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2018 8:51 pm UTC

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In "Young Goodman Brown," what is significant about the names of the title character and his wife?

In "Young Goodman Brown," Hawthorne uses the names of the two main characters for symbolic and allegorical purposes. Young Goodman Brown's name, for example, helps to establish him as a typical,...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2017 9:04 am UTC

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What's the theme of "Young Goodman Brown"?

The theme of “Young Goodman Brown” is the fragility of human spirituality. Nathaniel Hawthorne frames his short story as an allegory, and the names of the two main characters, Goodman and Faith,...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2019 2:04 am UTC

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What is Brown's motive for going into the forest in "Young Goodman Brown"? What does he expect to find, and how does...

In "Young Goodman Brown," the eponymous protagonist heads off into the forest to participate in a kind of strange Satanic ritual that, in his view, represents everything evil and debased. Living as...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2020 8:46 am UTC

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What is the moral or the lesson that we can take from "Young Goodman Brown"?

Speaking within the language of Christian theology, "Young Goodman Brown" is a story about the nature of sin. It also examines and questions the degree to which the capacity for evil overshadows...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020 6:54 am UTC

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In "Young Goodman Brown," what is the point of view, where does it change, and what is the result of the change?

Point of view in "Young Goodman Brown" is not as simple as it might seem. On the surface of things, the story is told using a third person, limited omniscient narrator—that is, the narrator stands...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2016 2:31 am UTC

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What might be the thesis of "Young Goodman Brown"?   

"Young Goodman Brown" is a key example of Hawthorne's examination of the conflicts between good and evil that -- he believes -- are always at work in the human psyche. There are several ways that...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2016 12:47 pm UTC

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What is your answer to this question? "Had Goodman Brown fallen asleep in the forest and only dreamed a wild...

However, an argument could be made that the scene is too contrived to be real. The whole town is out in the forest on the one night that Goodman Brown decides to travel through it? The pink...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2007 1:00 am UTC

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Was the story of "Young Goodman Brown" a dream or a reality to Brown? Explain why you think so.

The events that take place in this short story might have been a dream, but they certainly do not feel that way to young Goodman Brown himself. After Brown begs Faith, his wife, to resist the...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2019 11:41 am UTC

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Young Goodman Brown Setting

Nathaniel Hawthorne came by his knowledge of the attitudes and beliefs of the Puritans naturally; he was a descendant of John Hawthorne, a magistrate during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Puritans...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2017 12:46 pm UTC

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What do you think Hawthorne’s purpose was for writing this story?

Hawthorne was fascinated with issues of evil and guilt because his ancestor presided as a judge during the witch hyteria in Salem. However, central to "Young Goodman Brown" is the...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2007 7:09 am UTC

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What actually happens at the end of "Young Goodman Brown"?

The ending of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," as your question implies, intrigues almost every reader because Hawthorne leaves it to the reader to decide whether Brown meets Satan in...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2019 5:43 pm UTC

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What does Goodman Brown mean when he says, "Faith kept me back a while" in Hawthorne's story, Young Goodman Brown?

In order to have attained full membership, the Puritan church insisted not only that its congregation lead godly lives and display a comprehension of tenets of their Christian faith, but they also...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2011 4:43 pm UTC

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What are the meanings of the names in "Young Goodman Brown"?

Since Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" is an allegory, the names characterize their owners. Goodman's name suggests that he represents every man while Faith represents goodness. Indeed, it is...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2009 7:29 am UTC

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In Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," what foreshadows Goodman Brown's meeting with his fellow traveler? How does the...

As Hawthorne’s story opens, the reader sees Goodman Brown departing his home to go into the forest on his errand. The conversation that Goodman Brown and his wife, Faith, have merely expresses her...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2009 6:55 am UTC

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What is Hawthorne's main purpose in Young Goodman Brown? What is he trying to do?

Hawthorne criticized the ideas and philosophies of Puritanism. In one hand, the elders and followers claim to be men and women of "goodness", or God. Yet, they also teach in the other hand how men...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010 5:03 am UTC

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In the story "Young Goodman Brown", what do the pink ribbons symbolize?

I see the pink ribbons symbolizing the ambivalence that Goodman Brown is experiencing in continuing his journey further into the woods. The color pink is created when you mix white (purity,...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2009 12:31 pm UTC

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Who do you think the old man Brown meets on the road is? Look closely at the words used to describe him. What do they...

The old man that Young Goodman Brown meets on the road is clearly meant to be the Devil. Brown knows from the moment he leaves on his journey that he is doing something that he should not, and as...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 12:53 pm UTC

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What is the conflict?

The conflict is the problem in a piece of fictional literature. The story of the background and development of the conflict and the struggle to find its resolution is the reason for the writing of...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2011 3:07 am UTC

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Identify and discuss the effects of irony in "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  

The greatest irony in Hawthorne's story "Young Goodman Brown" is that Young Goodman Brown, named after a grandfather who was "an old friend" of the devil who walks the younger man to the black...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2010 12:14 am UTC

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What does the young Goodman Brown experience in the forest primeval in "Young Goodman Brown"?  

In the forest primeval, Young Goodman Brown suffers a fall from innocence that is not unlike that of Adam. When Brown ventures into the forest in order to test his faith, he loses this faith after...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2016 5:34 pm UTC

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In "Young Goodman Brown," what does the devil promise as a baptismal reward, and what prevents Goodman Brown from...

The devil promises that if Goodman Brown is baptized, he will be able to know the secret evil within each member of the human race - he will see "where crime has been committed, and shall...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2008 6:53 am UTC

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Why is the character of Goody Cloyse an important element of the story and how do Brown's feelings for her change...

Goody Cloyse is an important element of the story because her character draws attention to how spiritual hysteria can lead to morbid paranoia. The real Goody (Sarah) Cloyse was accused of...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2016 3:50 pm UTC

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What is the message presented by "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne?

“Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne reveals the impact of society on people’s lives. The narration is provided with a third person omniscient point of view. The primary characters include...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2012 11:18 pm UTC

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Does the short story "Young Goodman Brown" demonstrate the devil's claim that "Evil is the nature of...

The story demonstrates that evil is the nature of mankind in two ways: first, Brown is evil in rejecting his faith (Faith) that people can also be good; and second by the fact all people in the...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2008 8:27 pm UTC

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What is the mood of "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne?

Mood refers to the general feelings created for the reader by the text. This story's mood is somewhat eerie and melancholic, even foreboding and tense. The story begins as Goodman Brown leaves his...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2016 6:54 pm UTC

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How do imagination and reality interact in "Young Goodman Brown"? I want it in a type of introduction.

There is an ambiguity within "Young Goodman Brown" as to whether his vision in the forest actually happened to him, or whether it was a dream. The story does not express a clear answer to this...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2019 11:55 pm UTC

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How is the dark figures address to the people gathered in the forest important to the story as a whole

This scene, in which the stranger addresses the crowd of townspeople in the forest, is the climax of the story. What Goodman Brown sees before him are those, including his young wife Faith, whom he...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2018 3:48 am UTC

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In "Young Goodman Brown," who is at the gathering in the woods and what are they doing?

After witnessing Goody Cloyse consort with the Devil, Brown is left alone and he sees the minister and Deacon Gookin approaching on horses. He then sees his wife, Faith. He would see both of these...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2013 8:38 pm UTC

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Why is Goodman Brown surprised by the people he sees in the forest?

As he travels with the old man who resembles his grandfather, Goodman Brown is surprised to see the highly esteemed members of the Puritan community. As he walks on a path leading deeper into the...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2017 9:37 am UTC

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In the story "Young Goodman Brown," what is carved on Brown's tombstone when he dies?

The depressing last lines of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" (1835) reveal that the titular character's grave held no "hopeful verse": "they carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone,...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2017 7:19 am UTC

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What are the Biblical allusions in "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne?

An allusion is a reference to a previous work of literature or art. One Biblical allusion in "Young Goodman Brown" occurs in the following line: So saying, he threw it down at her [Goody Cloyse's]...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2019 10:03 pm UTC

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How does Hawthorne use word choice to establish tone in “Young Goodman Brown”?

The tone of this story is serious and grim, even ominous. When the devil admits his acquaintance with the Brown family, he talks about helping young Goodman Brown's grandfather "[lash] the Quaker...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016 11:20 pm UTC

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Through the story "Young Goodman Brown", what message does the author give us? (i.e. What is the theme of the story?)...

The ambiguity of Nathaniel Hawthorne's story, "Young Goodman Brown," is the very key to his message. Just as in Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil," and his seminal novel, The Scarlet Letter,...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2010 2:01 pm UTC

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What is the symbolic meaning of the walking stick or staff in "Young Goodman Brown"?

The old traveler who comes for Goodman Brown is a figure of ambiguity in Nathaniel Hawthorne's story "Young Goodman Brown." For, he resembles the grandfather of Goodman Brown, as well as a demonic...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011 2:42 pm UTC

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What allegorical meanings may be given to Goodman Brown? His wife? The forest? Night (as opposed to day)? Brown’s...

Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic story "Young Goodman Brown" is an allegory because the story works on both literal and symbolic levels at the same time. The literal plot involves the title character...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2017 5:28 am UTC

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What is the "guilty purpose" that has drawn Young Goodman Brown to the forest in "Young Goodman Brown"?

Goodman Brown’s guilty purpose is forsaking his wife literally, and his religion metaphorically. It should be noted that this story is somewhat open to interpretation, as with many matters of...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2013 4:27 pm UTC

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what is the point of view in young goodman brown? how important is the point of view and does it change anywhere in...

The short story, “Young Goodman Brown,” is told from the Third Person Omniscient point-of-view. The Third Person Omniscient narrator has the ability to both describe the outward appearances of the...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2011 7:27 am UTC

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What is the tragedy of young goodman brown? and which scenes is it in?

I'm not sure I agree he discovers the reality of evil, for the ambiguity of the story resides in whether he did or did not. Whether or not he discovered it (because maybe it was all a dream....),...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2007 10:39 am UTC

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The narrator asks, “Had Goodman Brown fallen asleep in the forest and only dreamed a wild dream of a witch meeting?"...

At the end of the story, it doesn't really seem to matter whether or not Goodman Brown dreamed the witches' meeting because he believes it was real, and it changes him for the rest of his life....

Latest answer posted January 14, 2018 11:45 pm UTC

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What sins are the various characters Goodman Brown meets in the woods guilty of committing?

The overarching sin that the people Goodman Brown meets in the woods are guilty of is worshipping Satan. Goodman Brown finds them all attending or en route to attending a Black Mass. Because many...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2019 5:59 pm UTC

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In "Young Goodman Brown," how does Goodman Brown react to his wife and others upon his return to Salem? Why? Is he...

Goodman Brown has become thoroughly disillusioned after witnessing the shocking sight of people he always thought were fine, upstanding pillars of the community engaging in a Satanic ritual....

Latest answer posted February 19, 2019 8:11 am UTC

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Who is Goodman Brown's traveling companion? What clues tell you so?

In a moment that foreshadows the arrival of his future companion, Goodman Brown says to himself as he walks into the forest, "'What if the devil himself should be at my very elbow!'" A moment...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2017 11:38 pm UTC

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What does Goodman Brown’s decision to go into the forest suggest about his character? What does Goodman Brown’s...

Goodman Brown's decision to go into the forest suggests that he does not really have a good understanding of what it means to have faith. As he walks away from his wife, Faith, into the forest, he...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2018 10:42 pm UTC

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What is the symbolism of the forest?

In early American Literature, the forest is the home of the strange and threatening (Indians) and is also viewed as the home of the devil (there was probably some relationship to the Indians in...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2007 11:43 am UTC

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Who are the antagonist and protagonist in "Young Goodman Brown"?

This would seem pretty straightforward, but if we look at “Young Goodman Brown” as a dream, it has a twist. First, put simply, Young Goodman Brown is the protagonist. You could also say that Faith...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2012 10:36 pm UTC

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Young Goodman Brown Allegory

An allegory is a work of fiction in which the symbols, characters, and events come to represent some aspect of its culture. In American literature, allegories have often been used for instructive...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2013 10:44 pm UTC

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Why is Faith afraid at the beginning of Young Goodman Brown? I know she doesn't want him to leave because they have...

Young Goodman Brown's wife, Faith, has two very good reasons to fear her husband's absence during the night. The couple are, as far as we know, good Puritans, even though Goodman Brown is about to...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2018 2:36 pm UTC

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How does Hawthorne use irony in "Young Goodman Brown" to illustrate the hypocrisy of the Puritans?

The central irony of "Young Goodman Brown" is the same irony that highlights the hypocrisy of the Puritans: the people who appear to be pure and religious by day are actually consorting with the...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2017 7:41 pm UTC

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How do you characterize the behavior of Faith and the other townspeople after Brown's return to the village in "Young...

The people of the village are welcoming to Goodman, but he shrinks away from them and his wife, Faith, even though she greets him lovingly. By all accounts, Goodman Brown was a perfectly normal...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2014 11:09 pm UTC

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